4What do you get somoene who is 219 and is supposed to have everything?

An article in Proceedings that lays out some hard facts with a suggested remedy. Yes, my friends, a Proceedings article that is bold with no pale or pastel colors.

I joined forces with CAPT Jim Howe, USCG-Ret, to co-write an article for the August 2009 Coast Guard edition of Proceedings entitled, “Heavy Weather Ahead for the Coast Guard.” Brief excerpt follows:

Competing priorities and shrinking budgets threaten to swamp the service.

The U.S. Coast Guard faces a stark and troubled future. If our nation’s fifth and smallest military service was a cutter it would be listing severely, crippled by decades of undercapitalization, a lack of political support, an overwhelming workload, and the five words most feared by any Guardian: “the curse of can-do.” In the face of an impending budget meltdown, the Coast Guard must confront severe challenges that threaten its performance and long-term viability, as it comports with the realities of the post-9/11 environment. Will it remain the world’s best Coast Guard or will it proceed down the path of Britain’s Royal Navy, becoming a shadow of its former self?

The rest of the article can be viewed here (free).

Happy Birthday everyone!!!




Posted by Jim Dolbow in Coast Guard


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  • SJBill

    I’d like to give kudos to LT Matt Udkow, CGAS-San Francisco, the photographer of the cover image. Matt is a friend, a member of one of our adopted Navy League command, a past speaker before our NLUS group and he’s an helluva good pilot.

    Happy Birthday & Semper Paratus!

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